Making Things Happen: A Theory of Causal Explanation

Paperback | September 29, 2005

byJames Woodward

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Woodward's long awaited book is an attempt to construct a comprehensive account of causation explanation that applies to a wide variety of causal and explanatory claims in different areas of science and everyday life. The book engages some of the relevant literature from other disciplines, asWoodward weaves together examples, counterexamples, criticisms, defenses, objections, and replies into a convincing defense of the core of his theory, which is that we can analyze causation by appeal to the notion of manipulation.

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Woodward's long awaited book is an attempt to construct a comprehensive account of causation explanation that applies to a wide variety of causal and explanatory claims in different areas of science and everyday life. The book engages some of the relevant literature from other disciplines, asWoodward weaves together examples, counterex...

James Woodward is the author of a number of articles in the philosophy of science. He has taught at the California Institute of Technology since 1983 where he is presently the J.O. and Juliette Koepfli Professor of Humanities.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.45 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:September 29, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195189531

ISBN - 13:9780195189537

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"Making Things Happen contains an elaborate presentation and defense of Woodward's manipulability theory of causation and causal explanation, a powerful alternative to extant theories in the field...The book contains an enormous wealth of ideas and detailed arguments...an extremely importantcontribution to the debates about causation and explanation. It will become an indispensable reference for anyone who wants to work on these topics."--Henk W. de Regt, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews